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Self-driving car technology could end up in robots – PCWorld


Fast Company

Self-driving car technology could end up in robots
PCWorld
The development of self-driving cars could spur advancements in robotics and cause other ripple effects, potentially benefitting society in a variety of ways. Autonomous cars as well as robots rely on artificial intelligence, image recognition, GPS and …
Self&Driving Cars Will Be The Biggest Auto Safety Innovation EverFast Company
Self-driving cars could save $190B a year in damages and health costsComputerworld
Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In The Register
CBS News -Sci-Tech Today
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 11:06 pm

Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner At Faster Rate – Morning Ledger


CBS News

Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner At Faster Rate
Morning Ledger
A new study reveals that sea ice in the Arctic is getting thinner at a faster rate than estimated earlier. While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global warming, research shows it is not only covering less of …
Study Confirms Arctic Sea Ice Melting Too FastSTGIST
Arctic Ice Thinning Much Faster Than Scientists ThoughtScience Times
Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, FasterDiscovery News
Nature World News -CBS Local -ValueWalk
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:49 pm

11 must-see videos from Mobile World Congress 2015 – CNET


CNET

11 must-see videos from Mobile World Congress 2015
CNET
MWC 2015 churned out a slew of new devices and cutting-edge tech. Join the CNET TV team as they show you the best from Barcelona. by Xiomara Blanco · @zeeohmara; 6 March 2015, 8:59 am AEDT. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus.
The best smartphones from MWCEngadget
Urban Armor Gear Provides Ultimate Drop-Tested Protection For The Samsung Jakarta Post
S6 vs S6 EdgeInquirer

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:28 pm

Wet Planet: NASA Says Mars Once Held More Water Than Arctic Ocean – NBCNews.com


CBS News

Wet Planet: NASA Says Mars Once Held More Water Than Arctic Ocean
NBCNews.com
New maps of water in the atmosphere of Mars reveal that the Red Planet might once have had enough to cover up to a fifth of the planet, researchers say. Further research to refine these maps could help guide the quest to identify underground reservoirs on …
Ancient Mars Once Had A Vast Ocean Covering One-Fifth Of Its Surface, New Huffington Post
20 percent of Mars' surface was likely water 4.5 billion years agoThe Verge
Mars Had an Ocean, Scientists Say, Pointing to New DataNew York Times
CBS News -National Geographic -Forbes
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 9:58 pm

Astronomers saw the same star explode four times in four places because of a … – Washington Post


NBCNews.com

Astronomers saw the same star explode four times in four places because of a
Washington Post
A warp in space time gave one supernova, or exploding star, more than one chance to shine. We've written about more common-place occurrences of this phenomenon (called gravitational lensing) before. When a galaxy or cluster of galaxies is massive …
Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They're Watching RerunsNew York Times
Don't believe the light: Supernova in 'Einstein Cross' is a cosmic trickLos Angeles Times
Hubble captures quadruple image of ancient exploding starReuters
CNET -National Geographic -Live Science
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 9:53 pm

Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy – Reuters


Discovery News

Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy
Reuters
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Astronomers have found a star hurtling through the galaxy faster than any other, the result of being blasted away by the explosion of a massive partner star, researchers said on Thursday. The star, known as US 708, …
Thermonuclear supernova ejects our galaxy's fastest star (w/ video)Phys.Org
Fastest star leaving our galaxy was blasted out by a supernovaArs Technica
Fastest star to flee our Galaxy discoveredGlobalPost

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 9:20 pm

Jawbone of early human puts evolution in a whole new light – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times

Jawbone of early human puts evolution in a whole new light
Los Angeles Times
Has climate change made us who we are today? A broken and fossilized jawbone found poking up amid sediment in an East African hill is rewriting a significant chapter of human evolution — and adding weight to the argument that a hot, parched climate …
Ethiopia fossil could be from oldest known human speciesChristian Science Monitor
Jaw fossil shows climate change shaped human evolution, researchers sayThe Seattle Times
Dawn of man: Ethiopian jawbone fossil pushes back human originsReuters UK

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 9:12 pm

Here’s the most important thing Mark Zuckerberg asks before hiring someone – Fortune


Fortune

Here's the most important thing Mark Zuckerberg asks before hiring someone
Fortune
Mark Zuckerberg has some advice you probably don't want to miss: “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person,” the young CEO told an audience at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as reported by the Telegraph.
Will Facebook make a car? Zuckerberg: Focus on the networkMiamiHerald.com
FIND OUT: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's No. 1 hiring ruleGMA News

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 8:21 pm

NOAA: El Niño is ‘too little, too late’ for California drought – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times

NOAA: El Niño is 'too little, too late' for California drought
Los Angeles Times
El Niño is here, but don't expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday. lRelated How hot was it? 2014 was Earth's warmest year on record, data show.
El Niño's arrival is too little, too late for drought-ridden CaliforniaMashable
Scientists Say Weak El Niño Arrived, Not Expected To End DroughtCBS Local
El Niño Forms, but Forecasters See Little Weather ImpactNew York Times
Tech Times -Scientific American -WABE 90.1 FM
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 8:01 pm

Female Killer Whales Take Leadership Roles After Menopause: Study – NBCNews.com

Female Killer Whales Take Leadership Roles After Menopause: Study
NBCNews.com
Turns out killer whales revere their grandmas, too. After observing 102 killer whales in the wild, British researchers have determined that female killer whales become key leaders in their pods only after they age out of fertility, according to a study published in …

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 7:34 pm

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

U.S. says inaction on online piracy risks public safety

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma reacts while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in TaipeiBy Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. trade office on Thursday urged a crackdown on website name registrars who fail to take action against sellers of illegal goods such as counterfeit medicines and warned that turning a blind eye puts public safety at risk. The U.S. Trade Representative also said it is keeping an eye on China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's  consumer shopping website for sales of fake and pirated goods, but refrained from reinstating the site on its piracy blacklist. Representatives of Alibaba, the world's largest e-commerce company, had no immediate comment. USTR named a domain name registrar, a company which manages the registration of internet names, for the first time in its annual "notorious markets" list as an example of concern about some registrars not taking action to block or suspend sites selling illegal goods.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 11:23 pm

The new ‘Horsemen of the Nasdaq’ – how long will they ride?

A man walks past the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times SquareApple, Google, Facebook and Amazon hold dominant positions in the tech sector and have been among the biggest engines driving the Nasdaq above the 5,000 mark this week for the first time since 2000. The tech world moves so quickly that in 2000 Google wasn't yet public and Facebook didn't exist. Apple had yet to introduce the iPod, let alone the iPhone. "In other sectors there's a greater sense of permanence in the leadership, but tech is always changing," said Scott Kessler, head of technology sector equity research at S&P Capital IQ in New York.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 7:58 pm

Apple’s rivals hope its Watch will boost their own wearable tech

Apple Watch is shown on screen during an Apple event at the Flint Center in CupertinBy Harro Ten Wolde BARCELONA (Reuters) – Apple's rivals want to benefit from its magic, hoping that its long awaited new smartwatch will finally conjure demand for wearable technology that has so far generated more buzz about its potential than actual sales. Gizmos that users wear on their bodies have yet to live up to the hype as the next big thing in technology. "If Apple is successful, it'll create a rising tide that will lift the whole market," said Ben Wood, a top gadget reviewer at technology market research firm CCS Insight. His company predicts Apple will sell 20 million of its new smart watches this year, helping spur 150 percent growth in the wearable technology sector to 75 million gadgets, rising to 350 million by 2018.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:02 pm

U.S. third bitcoin auction spurs more demand with 34 bids

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday held its third auction of bitcoins seized from Ross Ulbricht, convicted of operating black-market website Silk Road, with a sale of 50,000 units attracting higher demand than the previous auction. The government had 14 registered bidders for the 34 bids received, said Marshals Service spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue. The bitcoins on the auction block are valued at $13.9 million at current prices. The six-hour online auction began at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT).

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:49 pm

For the ‘unbanked’, mobile money still has some way to go

File photo of a customer conducting a mobile money transfer inside the Safaricom mobile phone care centre in NairobiGlobally, an estimated 2.5 billion people don't have a bank account, but many own a cellphone, fuelling a race to turn these phones into bank books for the 'unbanked' to store cash, manage their accounts, make purchases and send and receive money – part of so-called 'financial inclusion'. In a report this week, the GSMA, the association of mobile phone companies, said mobile money "has been growing at a dizzying rate." The Boston Consulting Group said last month mobile money transfers in sub-Saharan Africa alone could generate fees of up to $1.5 billion by 2019. "If you take out air-time, you have a true view of mobile money, and it's not a good story, more than a decade on," says South Africa-based Johan de Lange, who works with banks and phone companies.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 9:20 pm

Mandarin Oriental says credit card systems compromised in cyberattack

Hotel operator Mandarin Oriental International Ltd said on Thursday that it was the victim of a cyberattack and that it found malicious software on credit card systems at “an isolated number” of hotels in the United States and Europe. The company said in a statement on its website that it was working with credit card companies, law enforcement and forensic experts as it investigates the matter.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 7:34 pm

Blown-out NewCore IT project dogged by governance failures

Blown-out NewCore IT project dogged by governance failuresDocuments reveal disarray in a NZ$157 million project to deliver new systems for the amalgamated Auckland Council.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 11:21 pm

Meet Alcatel’s new Android phones, the biggest underdogs of MWC 2015

Apple’s 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models are the smartphones to beat this year, and some companies have already come out with worthy rivals, including the HTC One M9 and the Galaxy S6 that both debuted at this year’s Mobile World Congress. But these top devices were not the only Android handsets unveiled at the show, with one company coming out with a set of brand new smartphones that, coincidentally or not, have exactly the same screen sizes as Apple’s 2014 iPhones. FROM EARLIER: Hands-on with the best Android smartwatch that has ever been made Alcatel on Monday unveiled the OneTouch Idol 3 line that contains precisely two models: A 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version. But even though Alcatel says

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 11:10 pm

Mandarin Oriental says hotels in US, Europe hacked

NEW YORK (AP) — High-end hotel chain Mandarin Oriental said Thursday that the credit card systems at some of its hotels in the U.S. and Europe were hacked.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 11:08 pm

Can Etsy keep its folksy brand and make shareholders money?

This Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 photo shows an Etsy mobile credit card reader, in New York. If craft seller Etsy goes public later this year it will be a test of how well the company can balance an explicit social mission with shareholder expectations for making money. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — If craft seller Etsy goes public later this year it will be a test of how well the company can balance an explicit social mission with shareholder expectations for making money.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:58 pm